Boris Johnson leaves cost of living crisis 'up to future Prime Minister'

Boris Johnson leaves the cost of living crisis «to the future Prime Minister


LONFRES | Downing Street said on Monday that it would be up to “the future Prime Minister” to act in the face of the cost of living crisis, at a time when Boris Johnson, who resigned, is being blamed for his absence despite the deterioration of the economic situation. /strong> 

Supposed to handle day-to-day business, the Tory prime minister honeymooned in Slovenia last week as the central bank warned inflation would top 13% in the fall, plunging the UK into recession the longest since the 2008 financial crisis.

Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi was also away from London.

“By convention, it is not up to this Prime Minister to make major budget changes during this (interim) period. It will be up to the future prime minister” to take care of it, said a spokesperson in Downing Street.

Boris Johnson resigned in early July after months of scandals. Members of the Conservative party vote in August to appoint his successor, who will be known on September 5.

As the recession threatens, Boris Johnson is absent subscribers. Since the announcement of his resignation, he has already been criticized for having missed crisis meetings devoted to the historic heat wave that hit the United Kingdom or for not having received the English footballers after their victory at the Euro.

On the other hand, he celebrated his marriage with Carrie Johnson and left last week on vacation in Slovenia, where he claimed on local television to have had a “wonderful” stay. “We had a wonderful honeymoon. We climbed all the mountains available, dived into lakes, rode our bikes,” he said.

“An economic crisis like this requires strong leadership and urgent action, but instead we have a Conservative party that has lost control,” blasted Labor MP Rachel Reeves.

“Someone has to be in charge,” former Labor Prime Minister Gordon Brown told ITV. “There is a void that must be filled.”

“If we wait for the new prime minister, it will be too late,” he warned, calling on Boris Johnson and the two candidates for his succession -Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak- to agree on emergency budget measures.

“The Prime Minister must bring the two candidates together within the next two weeks to agree on a solution and help the people and businesses to pay their energy bills,” said Tony Danker, the director of the powerful British employers' union CBI.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asked in a letter on Monday holding a meeting between the heads of government of the four British nations to “agree on urgent measures to help those who need it most”.